New Year's resolutions
Happy New Year to you! It looks like you've started January off the way so many people plan to but don't actually get round to doing! I salute you for your endeavours! I'm sure lots of people reading your blog are very impressed by your running schedule.
It's so cold here in London just now I can't imagine many people running the distances you run, or maybe I'm just a wimp!
My way of keeping in shape is to ride my bike to work most days. But since the recent cold snap started, I have to admit I haven't ridden my bike once! Have you got any advice to get me back on it?
Now, let's have a look at your recent blog. I'd like to concentrate on just a couple of areas today – formal and informal language, and noun and adjective agreement.
There are a few times you used quite formal language and in a blog, the tone is usually informal. I think a few of the terms you used were from Italian and although your meaning is clear, I think we could improve on the word choice. I want to zoom in on the word localized and the symbol (+/-) , and so I hope you don't mind I've changed a few other words in the sentence so that we don't get distracted by them.
The town is localized (+/- )18 km from where I live in Rome.
Localized is a very formal word in English (as is the word situated). It would be more natural for us just to use the verb to be, and to say:
The town is 18 km from where I live.
In that sentence you also use the symbol (+/-) which is easy to understand but you could also use the word approximately (rather formal) or the more informal, about.
So you could write your original sentence like this:
The town is about 18 kms from where I live.
The word guys is very informal but we don't usually use it to talk about our children. It's a word we tend to use to talk about our friends or colleagues. To talk about our children, we tend to use boys (if they are young) or sons (to talk about either young or old male children). So instead of saying:
We have 2 guys and a baby.
You could say:
We have 2 sons and a daughter.
We have 2 boys and a girl.
We have 2 younger boys and a baby girl.
In English, we don't have to make adjectives plural when we use them with plural nouns. Dear is an adjective and friend is a noun. So instead of saying dears friends you should say dear friends.
Can you see what's wrong here?
I've known other runners friends.
Thanks for sharing all your lovely photos with us. Looking forward to hearing from you again.
salute – if you salute someone you think they are doing something very brave or difficult
endeavours – tasks or things that are difficult or dangerous to do
plan – prepare or make arrangements to do things in the future
get round to doing – plan to do something (which you might not want to do because it's difficult or boring)
impressed – amazed
a wimp – a person who isn't very brave
cold snap – short period of cold weather
zoom in on – concentrate on, give full attention to
we don't get distracted by them – we don't give them our full attention (when we should be looking at something, here, the formal/informal language in the sentence)
colleagues – people we work with
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